Privacy and data protection

Purpose of processing personal information

Processing personal information allows us to provide our services and fulfil our legal responsibilities, such as collecting Council Tax, paying benefits and grants, planning services and enforcement, licensing, trading standards and food safety.

On occasions, we may keep your personal information within the Council's archives for evidential and historical reasons, or use it for research and statistical purposes.

It will sometimes be necessary to process personal information to protect individuals from harm or injury, to prevent and detect crime, to comply with legal orders, and to provide information in accordance with a person's rights.

The Council will only process your personal information when it is lawful to do so.


  • It is required by law
  • It is necessary as part of a contract
  • You have given us permission to do so
  • It is necessary to protect someone's life
  • It is necessary to provide a Council service which is part of our public task.

The Council's Record of Processing sets out the activities that involve the collection and use of personal information and the reason why we can process your information lawfully.

If we require your permission to process your personal information, we will ask you. If you wish to withdraw your consent, you can do so through contacting the Council's Information Rights Team.